The “resort effect”: Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species?
Sweet, Michael J.
Fox, Michael D.
Furby, Kathryn A.
Caldwell, Zachary R.
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
University of Derby
University of California
Marine Research Center, Malé, Maldives
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
California State University
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AbstractThere is global consensus that marine protected areas offer a plethora of benefits to the biodiversity within and around them. Nevertheless, many organisms threatened by human impacts also find shelter in unexpected or informally protected places. For coral reef organisms, refuges can be tourist resorts implementing local environment-friendly bottom-up management strategies. We used the coral reef ecosystem as a model to test whether such practices have positive effects on the biodiversity associated with de facto protected areas.
CitationMoritz, C. et al (2017) 'The “resort effect”: Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species?' Diversity and Distributions, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12627
JournalDiversity and Distributions